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Sinckler boost for England as Bristol prop set to return from injury

Kyle Sinckler boost for new England coach Steve Borthwick, with Bristol prop set to feature in Premiership fixture against London Irish on Sunday after recovering from groin injury

  • Bristol prop Kyle Sinckler has been sidelined with a groin injury since November
  • But he is set to to feature in Sunday’s Premiership fixture against London Irish
  • It will be his first chance to impress new England coach Steve Borthwick

Kyle Sinckler will return to action on Sunday for the first time since England’s fateful autumn campaign.

The prop has been sidelined with a groin injury since the defeat by South Africa at Twickenham in November.

Bristol coach Pat Lam revealed Sinckler has recovered in time to feature in the Premiership fixture against London Irish.

Bristol prop Kyle Sinckler has been sidelined with a groin injury since November

It will be the 29-year-old’s first chance to impress new England coach Steve Borthwick, who replaced Eddie Jones shortly after the loss to the Springboks.

‘Kyle should be available this weekend,’ said Lam. ‘He hasn’t played since the autumn and rugby players don’t like being out for a long time. Injuries are character building and they allow excitement to come back into their game so we should see a lot of enthusiasm.’

Lam has already spoken to Borthwick and is expecting to welcome the national coach to the club in the coming days.

The Bristol boss also delivered a positive update on scrum-half Harry Randall, who has not played for more than three months.

‘He was on the training field yesterday and just has to tick off a few markers on the medical and strength and conditioning side, and he will be good to go next week,’ said Lam. ‘He has been out for 12 or 13 weeks, so you can imagine what he is like.’

With the Six Nations just a month away, Wales coach Warren Gatland has received a boost over George North’s fitness. North suffered a facial fracture last month but is set to make a swift return from surgery, possibly tomorrow for the Ospreys against Leinster.




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